Cinedigm has acquired North American rights to the Kelly Reichardt-directed Night Moves, which just played Toronto, Venice and Deauville. The film, about environmentalists trying to blow up a hydroelectric dam, stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard. Cinedigm is eyeing a spring release. UTA repped the film.
‘Night Moves’ Director, Producers, UTA Sued By Edward Pressman & Edward Abbey Widow For Copyright Infringement
Night Moves might be stopped before it is even started. In a copyright infringement civil suit (read it here) filed Thursday, Edward R. Pressman Film and Clarke Abbey, widow of author Edward Abbey, are asking federal court to shut down the film because of its similarity to Abbey’s 1975 novel The Monkey Wrench Gang. Abbey and Pressman, who owns the film option to the novel, are also seeking unspecified damages from the defendants. And there are a lot of defendants named in the eight-page suit. Director Kelly Reichardt, her screenwriting partner Jonathan Raymond, Night Moves executive producers Todd Haynes, Larry Fessenden, Alejandro De Leon, Film Science, and RT Features CEO Rodrigo Teixeira are among those named. So is The Match Factory GmbH, the foreign sales agent for Night Moves, who was working at the Toronto Film Festival last week for the film. Also named as a defendant is UTA Independent Film Group. The agency division is the domestic sales agent for Night Moves. Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard are set to star.
Toronto: Match Factory Selling Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Night Moves,’ With Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard
BREAKING: The Match Factory is selling foreign at Toronto for the Kelly Reichardt-directed Night Moves, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard as three radical environmentalists who come together to execute the most spectacular direct action event of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam — the very source and symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture they despise.
Match Factory today closed a French rights deal with Paris-based Ad Vitam Distribution, with Ad Vitam’s Alexandra Henochsberg and Gregory Gajos making the deal with Match Factory’s Brigitte Suarez and Michael Weber. Reichardt, who last directed Meek’s Cutoff, wrote the script with Jon Raymond. Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing with Chris Maybach, Saemi Kim and Rodrigo Teixeira. Saerom Kim, Lourenço Sant’ Anna, Alejandro de Leon, Todd Haynes and Larry Fessenden are executive producing. UTA reps Reichardt.